Want to be more focused at work? Or, deal with your anxiety? With a huge list of advantages, practicing meditation can benefit anyone. However, to ensure you actually stick to it, it’s important to know what meditation practice will help you with your specific needs and fit best into your lifestyle. Here’s a simple guide on how to find your best meditation practice routine:
IT’S ALL ABOUT TIMING!
Ask yourself, how much time you want to invest in medication?
Is it a short 10-15 minutes in your morning routine? Or an hour after your work to let go of daily stress?
How often do you want to meditate? Once or twice? Once you’ve decided how long you want to meditate, it’s time for the next question:
BEGINNER OR ADVANCED?
How new are you to meditation? Is it your very first time, or have you dabbled with it in the past? For example, for beginners, it’s best to start simple with 5-10 minutes guided meditation with the help of a meditation app. Meditation practice may seem easy, but focusing on just one thing within distraction requires practice to master. So, a little bit of guidance can go a long way! If you are already a meditation pro, you might want to challenge yourself with silent meditation in a cross-legged position for 30 minutes.
WHAT ARE YOUR MEDITATION GOALS?
People meditate for many different reasons. In fact, combining your meditation practice with your personal goals and struggles is a really productive way to make use of your free time. To help find your best meditation practice, have a thing about which purpose most resonates with you:
Connect with your spirituality
For example, are you interested in gaining more knowledge about yourself or the world around you? Then chakra meditations, — which often include chanting mantras — might be a good fit for you.
Be more relaxed
Do you just want to relax in your day-to-day life and release stress? A (guided) meditation with nature sounds, while you lay down, can help you unwind. Calm has some great ones.
To be more focused
Meditation can also increase your capacity to concentrate on one task. If that’s your goal, meditations which focus on your breath (which can be guided) will help you train your brain. In addition to breath-focused meditations, I am recently practicing the “Heart of Rose” Meditation. I learned this one from the book “The monk who sold his Ferrari”. To be fair you are supposed to look at an actual rose for 5-20 minutes but a picture of a rose will do, too! (Or basically any other subject)
To improve your mental health
If case you suffer from stress-related anxiety and depression, hypnosis-focused meditation may be helpful. There are plenty of free hypnosis videos on youtube, ranging from around 40 minutes to an hour.
For better sleep
Struggling from insomnia, and feel like nothing is helping? A consistent meditation practice could be just the thing you need to improve your sleep quality. There are a few meditation apps that specialize in improving your sleep. One that helped me (when I actually did it every day) was Balance. Another option is to look for hypnosis videos or sleep sounds on YouTube if you have trouble falling asleep. It always works with me!